Part 2: Christmas Tacos (Carne Asada Tacos)

Level: Intermediate
Yield: (18) Tortillas (6) Carne Asada Taco Serving(s)
Prep Time: 3 hr and 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 4 Hours

Carne Asada Tacos with salsa roja, lime-pickled Radish, chipotle crema, avocado and queso fresco on a annatto infused flour tortilla.


Annatto Flour Tortillas
½ Cup Vegetable Shortening
3 Tablespoons Annatto Seed
1 Cup Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3 Cups of Flour

Carne Asada
2 lb Flank Steak
For Marinade:
1 jalapeño seeded and minced
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
¼ cup Soy Sauce
Juice of 1 orange
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Smoked Salsa Roja
14 Roma Tomatoes (about depending on size)
1 White Onion
4 Cloves Garlic
2-3 Large Jalapeños
Juice of 1 Lime
1 bunch cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Chipotle Crema (optional)
1/3 cup crema
1 TBS Adobo from can of chipotle peppers
Juice of ½ lime

Royal Oak Hardwood Lump Charcoal
Royal Oak All Natural Tumbleweeds


Annatto Flour Tortillas
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 18 tortillas
1. Add vegetable shortening to small saucepan and melt on low.
2. Add annatto seed and allow to simmer, stirring until color changes, about 3 minutes.
3. Strain vegetable shortening into mixing bowl.
4. Add water and salt to vegetable shortening.
5. Mix Flour and Baking Powder.
6. Slowly add to shortening mixture and knead until dough forms. Should not be sticky.
7. Make 18 dough balls and form into tortilla round.
8. Cook on hot griddle or skillet, about 1 minute per side.

Carne Asada
9. Mix marinade ingredients.
10. Add flank steak and marinade to a re-sealable bag and marinate for 2 hours (up to overnight).
11. Place on grill and cook for 20 minutes

Smoked Salsa Roja
12. Smoke or grill your tomatoes, onion, or peppers to get desired smoked/roasted flavor.
13. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Place in fridge overnight for best results.

Carne Asada Tacos
14. Assemble taco with Annatto Flour Tortilla, top with sliced carne asada, thinly sliced radish, salsa roja, chipotle crema, queso fresco and a squeeze of lime.

Courtesy of: Owen Quirk of AWeeBitQuirkyBBQ

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